National Geographic : 1968 Oct
"I AM NOT A SCIENTIFIC MAN..." Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gardiner of Washington, D.C., inspect these first words of the first issue (1888) of the National Geographic Magazine in their custom-bound collection. It might take some time, industry, and money to assemble so beautiful and complete a collection yourself. Never theless, should you be less ambitious, you or your friends can still start receiving the benefits of National Geographic membership. On the page which the Gardiners hold, Mr. Hubbard, the Society's first President con tinued prophetically, "... our Society will not be confined to professional geographers, but will include that large number who, like myself, desire to promote special researches by others, and to diffuse the knowledge so gained, among men, so that we may all know more of the world in which we live." To carry on the tradition of our first President's words, see the mem bership form on the third page of a magazine compiled eighty years later-this one.